Wednesday, November 11, 2015

How to Easily Make a Superior Ham Potato Soup


How to Easily Make a Superior Ham and Potato Soup


We have always loved a good ham and bean soup made from the leftovers of an Easter or Christmas ham. When some good friends of ours who own a pig farm gave us 2 ham hocks, we knew just what to do with them. 

I actually had another meal in mind when we were given the meat, so I didn't have time to soak some beans. Believe me, ham gets precedence over almost all other meat in this house. (The only exception might be prime rib!) To make up the missing half of my normal soup, I used red potatoes. They filled in very nicely.

My mother-in-law makes a delicious ham and bean soup that my husband loves. As with a lot of good cooks, she doesn't have the recipe written down. She cooks by memory and taste. But I was able to get her secret ingredient - bay leaves! She never forgets them. 

You'll definitely want to use the best broth you can for this. All good soups are based on a solid broth. I'd encourage you to make your own if you have time. Check out my Homemade Tomato Juice and The Best Chicken Bone Broth for recipes.

This soup is done in 4 easy steps and about an hour and a half. Most of that time is spent letting the soup cook. You don't even have to defrost your meat. Mine was frozen and cooked through completely. 

For a splendid dinner on a chilly night I hope you'll try this recipe. My family devoured it! 

Superior Ham and Potato Soup




Ingredients


1 ham hock with meat, frozen or not
4 cups tomato juice
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
4 stalks celery, sliced
3 large carrots, sliced
2 pounds red potatoes (about 7), diced
1 onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon rubbed sage

Instructions


1. In a large stock pot place the ham, broth, juice, and garlic. Bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Skim any foam or scum from the top. Reduce heat to a simmer.
2. While the broth is heating and boiling, chop all your vegetables.
3. When the soup is reduced to a simmer, add in all the other ingredients. Cover with a lid slightly ajar. Simmer for about an hour or until the meat is falling off the bone and the vegetables are tender. 
4. Remove the soup from the heat. Take the bone and any chunks of meat out. Chop the meat into bite-sized pieces and return to the pan. Discard the bone or save it to make one more batch of soup. Serve hot with a delicious bread!


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15 comments:

  1. YUMMY! I love a good soup and this one looks amazing; I can't wait to give this a whirl. Your homemade broth and juice would make the base fabulous. You're one of a kind!!! Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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    1. Thanks, Carrie. As are you. I do hope you try it. We love it here!

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  2. This soup looks amazing! I love your blog!

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    1. I wish I could mail some to you! Or better yet, make it for you in person. Maybe next year. xoxo

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  3. Yum! I need to look into the cornbread as well :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Alexandra. I know you'll heartily enjoy both recipes as will your family. Mine sure does!

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  4. This soup looks delicious. What a great recipe and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and come back to see us real soon.
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks, Miz Helen. You always have a great party with lots of fantastic recipes.

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  5. Your soup looks amazing. I love to use homemade stock also because it makes everything taste so much better. I just need to make myself make it more often. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Sherry! Homemade stock is the absolute best. I hate it when I run out - especially of the tomato juice because you can't get garden fresh tomatoes in the winter. All the more reason to grow more produce the next summer, I guess. I hope you get a chance to make this. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. This looks really delicious and I'm suddenly aware that I'm hungry for something savoury and wholesome! I love a good soup with potato in it. #WAYWOW

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    1. Thank you, Robyn! This soup would hit your cravings in the right spot! If you eat a Christmas ham this would be perfect for the leftovers. Regardless, I hope you get a chance to try it. My family loves it! Thanks for stopping by. Isn't WAYWOW great?

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  7. This looks like a hearty and delicious soup! Pinning and tweeting to share with my peeps! Thank you for linking up with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Have a lovely rest of the weekend!
    ~Laurie

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  8. Your soup looks delicious and you make it seem easy to make, too. Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks for sharing your recipe at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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  9. This looks so good, we love ham and the ham hock for soup and beans. This looks really delicious too, and pairing it with your homemade cornbread? Priceless!!!

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